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What to watch this weekend: Stream 'Sense8,' 'Bojack Horseman' and more holiday specials

Don't expect tinsel and tidings of joy from everyone's favorite alcoholic horseman. Stream the Bojack Horseman Christmas special in Netflix.

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Don't expect tinsel and tidings of joy from everyone's favorite alcoholic horseman. Stream the Bojack Horseman Christmas special in Netflix.

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December

It's finally the weekend we've been naughty and nice all year for. Whether you're house-hopping and filling the car with gifts, cooking a feast fit for a king or guarding the Christmas tree from the pesky cat, there's something to stream for everyone in the family.

Bojack Horseman Christmas Special, Netflix: Don't expect tinsel and tidings of joy from everyone's favorite alcoholic, washed-up horseman. His opening rant literally goes, "Christmas episodes are always stupid."

A Very Murray Christmas, Netflix: Who knew all of these famous actors were also decent singers? Miley Cyrus serenades a winter wonderland while George Clooney is a bit creepy behind those Christmas trees.

A Merry Friggin' Christmas, Amazon: This holiday satire about a man finally coming to terms with his estranged father will have you ugly crying over one of the last roles of the late Robin Williams.

The Muppet Christmas Carol, HBO: We have plenty of adaptations of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, but only one has Kermit, Miss Piggy and the rest of the Muppet gang.

Doctor Who Christmas Specials, BBC America: Spend Christmas watching the Doctors fight cybermen, rescue a runaway bride, travel to Christmases past and escape demented snowmen.

Black Mirror White Christmas, Netflix: This one's a doozy of an episode for Christmas, but so worth it. It starts in a snowy wilderness outpost on Christmas Day and ends with a man losing his mind after being literally "blocked" by everyone in the world.

A Garfield Christmas, Hulu: Jon dresses as an elf to feed lasagna to the hefty feline. Garfield gets grumpy on the trip to Christmas dinner, but ends up bonding with Grandma.

Yes, Virginia, Hulu: An animated short telling the true story of a little girl writing a letter to the New York Sun asking if Santa Claus was real. The newspaper famously replied in an editorial saying, "Yes, Virginia. There is a Santa Claus."

It's Christmastime Again Charlie Brown, Amazon: Charlie Brown tries to sell wreaths door-to-door, but has little success. Lucy tries to help by getting Snoopy to pose with the wreaths on his nose.

The Office Christmas episodes, Netflix: There are seven Christmas-themed episodes of The Office, which gives you plenty of Santa Michael, Secret Santa Andy and Dwight staging a snowball fight in the office.

Lost, Season 4 episode 5, Netflix: Did you know Lost had a Christmas episode? Well, "The Constant" is EXACTLY Christmas-y, but it will leave you teary after Desmond finally makes contact with Penny on Christmas Eve, saving him from his time travel woes.

Watch this weekend

FRIDAY

Netflix

Sense8 Christmas Special, Netflix: Though really the first episode of the second season, which premieres May 5, the Sense8 holiday special sees the Sensates - telepathically connected people - navigating their new experiences with each other.

How Murray Saved Christmas, 8:30 p.m., NBC: A cranky deli owner has to fill the role of Santa Claus, but ends up doing a weirdly wonderful job.

A Home for the Holidays, 8 p.m., CBS: Miranda Lambert, Alessia Cara and Rachel Platten perform during the annual event to raise awareness about adoption and foster care.

SpongeBob SquarePants Christmas Special, 8 p.m., Nickelodeon: Patchy the Pirate tells the story of Bikini Bottom's first Christmas celebration. Of course, Squidward nearly dampens the holiday spirit.

SATURDAY

Love Actually, 7 p.m., E!: A romantic Christmas comedy chronicling the affairs of several couples during the holidays in London.

It's a Wonderful Life, 8 p.m., NBC: Frank Capra's classic about a man who learns what life would be like if he were never born. A mistaken case of bank fraud tests his will to live until an angel shows him how much his presence means to others.

A Christmas Story, 8 p.m., TBS: Get the Christmas Story marathon started early tonight. The hilarious story of a young boy who desperately wants a BB gun for Christmas while dealing with taunting bullies and a Christmas dinner disaster.

Too Cute!, 8 p.m., Animal Planet: Kittens playfully climb Christmas trees, puppies dash through the snow and baby goats in ugly sweaters prance around. Better than a yule log.

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, 9:45 p.m., Freeform: You're sure to have the hap-hap-happiest Christmas since Bing Crosby tap danced with Danny f*****g Kaye.

SUNDAY

Call the Midwife Christmas Special, 7:30 p.m., PBS: The family of the Nonnatus House travels to South Africa to help with an understaffed and underfunded hospital.

Beauty and the Beast, 8 p.m., ABC: Bookworm Belle falls for a prince who's been transformed into a beast thanks to a curse.

The Lego Movie, 9 p.m., TNT: An unexceptional Lego figure accidental goes on a legendary adventure and joins a league of superheroes to defeat a tyrant.

Tanked Christmas Special, 8 p.m., Animal Planet: The crew creates a snow globe aquarium for the annual WinterFest in Henderson, Nev.

Doctor Who Christmas Special, 9 p.m., BBC America: "The Return of Doctor Mysterio" sees New York attacked by a deadly threat and the Doctor teaming up with a journalist to save the city.

Contact Chelsea Tatham at ctatham@tampabay.com. Follow @chelseatatham.

 

[Last modified: Thursday, December 22, 2016 7:57pm]

    

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